Majority Ownership of Dallas Mavericks Up for Sale to Miriam Adelson
In a surprising turn of events, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has announced that he is selling a majority interest in the franchise to Miriam Adelson, the widow of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. The Adelson family will hold a stake of over 50% in the team, although the exact percentage has not been disclosed.
Cuban, however, will continue to maintain operational control over the Mavericks. This groundbreaking deal is part of a larger plan that merges Cuban’s interests with the Las Vegas Sands Corp., a casino and resort conglomerate, to build a Dallas resort casino and arena, subject to the legalization of gambling in Texas.
To fund the purchase of the majority stake, the Adelsons are using $2 billion from the sale of Sands Corp. stock. However, the deal is still pending approval from the NBA Board of Governors.
The news has come as a shock to many, as Cuban has been a vocal and impassioned owner of the Mavericks since acquiring a majority stake in 2000. The franchise is currently valued at $4.5 billion, but reports suggest that the sale valuation is slightly lower than $4 billion, thereby enabling Cuban to maintain control of the team’s operations.
Questions naturally arise about Cuban’s motivation for selling, especially considering his recent announcement that he will be leaving the popular TV show Shark Tank after the upcoming season. However, Cuban has not provided any specific reasons for this decision.
Another point of interest is the involvement of Miriam Adelson and her family in the long-term future of the Mavericks. Since her husband’s passing, she has assumed leadership of the family business, with her son-in-law serving as the president of Sands Corp. This move signifies the Adelsons’ interest in expanding their investment portfolio beyond the realm of resort and casino ventures.
Furthermore, if gambling legislation is eventually passed in Texas, the impact on the Mavericks and the entire sports landscape in the state could be significant. It is an aspect that will garner attention from both sports enthusiasts and those invested in the future of the gambling industry.
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